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A Hilarious New Book Guaranteed to Get Teachers and Students Excited About the Common Core

UPLAND, CA– Keisha Harris, an educator in the Rialto Unified School District, took a leap of faith when she decided to embark on a new journey to publish her first children’s book.

“Giving children a voice has always been  been my mission as a writer.  I want to give life to their adventures,”  Keisha Harris states.

“Beware of the Common Core” is a comical adventure about a boisterous six year who will be entering the world of first grade.  She’s excited about starting school this year until she receives a suspicious letter in the mail about some strange “common core” that has invaded her school over the summer.  Convinced it must be a contagious virus, she tries to devise a plan to send it back to Washington only to discover the true meaning of the Common Core.

This is the first book released in the Alley Petes series.  Each book concentrates on a core standard and introduces new strategies and techniques to help children comprehend new concepts in language arts and math.  The book’s comical flare is designed to captive a young audience while incorporating literacy and language skills. The concept behind the Alley Petes series is to create a series of short stories that demonstrates a child ability to overcome her struggles with mastering complex standards.  The use of humor is a guaranteed motivator to encourage children to read.  “Beware of the Common Core” will keep young readers engaged and wanting to read more about Alley’s adventures.

A Valentines Love Affair

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- On Friday, February 14, the Post 14 will be hosting a Valentines Love Affair at the Legion Post located at 863 N. “D” Street in San Bernardino. The affair starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. There will be drink specials through out the night. So if you don’t have plans for Valentines Day, then come down and party with Fernando Harkless and DJ Richie Rich. The cost is just $10, and Legionaries are free! For more information, please call 909-885-4090. 

Free Tax Preparation Available For Low to Moderate Income Taxpayers

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-  The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) is offering free tax preparation and e-filing services for qualifying low to moderate income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Services are available to those who earned less than $52,000 in 2013. Tax returns are filed electronically, for both California and federal taxes. Taxpayers can call to make appointments and there are extended hours and Saturday appointments available. Walk-ins are also welcome. Bilingual tax preparation services are available. Refunds are received in as few as 7 days after acceptance. In addition to locations at TAD offices, there are several  VITA Mobile Tax Locations for San Bernardino County residents to visit. It is the ninth year that TAD has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to offer free, accurate, certified tax preparation services through the VITA program. The VITA campaign is focused on increasing awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, which most VITA qualified taxpayers are eligible to receive. This credit was developed to help assist those who are in financial need as well as to reward employment. Every year, thousands of families miss out on this tax credit; money that could be used to help meet their families’ basic needs. The additional money that taxpayers receive from the EITC has proven to help boost the local economy. In 2013, TAD provided tax preparation services to more than 7,700 taxpayers in our local communities and processed more than $15.2 million in combined federal and state refunds; of this, $7.2 million was a direct result of TAD’s efforts in increasing families’ access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other refundable credits. “For those who are eligible to receive this free service, it can provide life changing outcomes,” said Nancy Swanson, Director of Transitional Assistance. “The earned income credit can be a much needed financial boost for taxpaying individuals and families in our local community and we are proud to be partnering, once again, with the IRS on the VITA program.” For further information regarding VITA program eligibility requirements, please visit our VITA website at hs.sbcounty.gov/VITA or call 909-252-4903.